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TEACHER OF THE BLIND

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TEACHER OF THE BLIND
258F
Category: Education

Definition

Teaches preschool, elementary, secondary, or pre-vocational school subjects to blind, visually impaired and multi-handicapped children with a visual impairment; assists with extra-curricular activities.

Typical Work

Diagnoses learning problems; devises instructional strategies; develops and uses special instructional materials, devices and techniques; evaluates student progress;

Prepares lessons and teaches subjects such as Braille and large type reading, basic sciences, mathematics, language, literature, social studies, physical education, music, home-living skills, pre-vocational skills, career exploration, typing, and daily living skills, through group or individual instruction;

Prepares individual educational programs and reports of progress, abilities and attendance of each pupil, for school officials and parents;

Attends teacher's meetings and completes committee assignments; discusses and resolves curriculum problems; coordinates instructional plans and programs;

Coordinates with other staff members providing services within the classroom;

Maintains classroom and corridor discipline; assists in planning, carrying out, and supervising class and student club activities such as class parties, dances, field trips, shows, skating and excursions;

Supervises, counsels, and evaluates student teachers in their instruction of students at the school;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: academic course work to be taught; modern educational principles and methods applicable to teaching blind and multi-handicapped; Braille, mobility, Optacon, abacus, and auditory training; listening skills, and total communication.

Ability to: teach blind children effectively; gain interest, respect and cooperation of students, parents and professional co-workers; develop socially acceptable attitudes in students; speak and write effectively.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Washington State (OSPI) Certification in Special Education of the Blind and Visually impaired.

OR

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

Revised minimum qualifications: 9-1-67
Revised definition, minimum qualifications, adds minimum qualifications for "E" level and general revision: 5-9-79 effective 7-1-79
Revised minimum qualifications: emergency basis 11 15 85; permanent 12-13-85
Revised minimum qualifications, adds minimum qualifications for "F": 1-13-89
Revised minimum qualifications: 6-9-89
Revised minimum qualifications: 4-12-91
Revised minimum qualifications: 4-12-96
Revised minimum qualifications: 2-12-99
Revised minimum qualifications and title change (formerly Teacher of the Blind, B, C, D, E and F): 9-10-99
New class code: (formerly 21570) effective July 1, 2007

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